network parking... where should i begin?
i've publicly slammed network parking and their practices on this blog on more than one occasion, culminating with a 7 item list of incidents that occurred during my tenure of parking in their crittenden court lot.
but what happened this past sunday officially tops the cake.
my friends and i have been tailgating for browns home games in "the pit", a lot owned and managed by network parking, for years.
so as i headed to the pit to tailgate for the browns/bengals this past sunday morning i was beyond surprised to see that there was a network parking attendant collecting a "$5 pedestrian fee" from tailgaters to hangout in their parking lot.
essentially a $5 cover charge to walk through a parking lot - a slab of concrete.
when i was asked to pay the fee, i laughed, said no way, and walked away. but i didn't get far... the attendant called a couple of cops over because there was a group of about 15 people (including my friend and i) refusing to pay.
it's not the $5, it's the principle. you simply can't start charging a "pedestrian fee" the second home game of the browns season - isn't the $30 a spot enough to make a profit, network parking?
people weren't prepared to pay the fee to cross through the popular tailgating lot. i personally didn't have any cash on me, and upon telling the attendant that he simply shrugged, refusing my entry. i ended up having to have my friend kayla pay.
when you go to a club to see a band, you expect to pay a cover. when you park your car in a parking lot, you expect to pay to do so. but when you want to go tailgate before a football game with your friends (who did pay for a spot) you don't expect to have to pay $5 to walk.
it's ridiculous and a racket.
so when i tweeted and facebook updated the new situation in the pit i wasn't surprised with the reaction i got.
so far today i did an interview with 19 action news, went on air on Q104 with tim richards and got mentioned during WMMS's alan cox show.
it's nice to know that i'm not the only person out there who thinks the $5 cover charge is a joke.
here's my spot on 19 action news.... gratuitous shot of me walking/strutting included, fyi.
watch the video here.
when approached by 19 action news network parking supplied the following statement:
"The Pit is one of the premier Browns' tailgating parking lots in the City. Network Parking welcomes all tailgaters and all pedestrian visitors attending tailgate parties. In an effort to continue serving our pedestrian visitors attending tailgate parties, we wish to address some of the additional expenses and current liability issues related to tailgating cleanup and crowd control, such as off duty Cleveland Police officers, porta-johns, large dumpsters, clean up equipment and clean up personnel. By implementing these required additional services and addressing the added costs associated with them will only make for a better environment and allow us to continue serving our valued tailgating patrons through the Brown' remaining football season."
blah, blah, blah.
take note they don't mention the actual "pedestrian fee" once - crooks i tell ya.
honestly, i don't know what i'm going to do this sunday to tailgate. i love the pit, it's where i go, it's where my friends go, but i just don't think it's right what network parking is doing and from their statement it looks like they aren't planning on stopping the fee.
so who knows.
i'm not about to start a pit boycott, but i just wanted to make sure i shared with you all what they are doing.
so what do you think? are they right? are they wrong? would you pay $5 to walk through a parking lot?
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